By Sir John Davies
Raphael. Mount Parnassus. 1510-11. Detail.
Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican Musems.
AD MUSAM. (I) |
Fly, merry Muse unto that merry towne,
Where thou maist playes, revels, and triumphs see ;
The house of Fame, and theater of renowne,
Where all good wits and spirits loue to be.
Fall in betweene their hands that loue and praise thee,1
And be to them a laughter and a jest :
But as for them which scorning shall reproue thee,
Disdaine their wits, and thinke thine one2 the best :
But if thou finde any so grose3 and dull,
That thinke I do to priuate taxing4 leane,
Bid him go hang, for he is but a gull,
And knows not what an Epigramme does meane ;
Which taxeth,5 under a peculiar name,6
A generall vice, which merits publick blame.
1 MS. “seeme to loue thee.” D.
2 Own. G.
3 Gross. G.
4 Blaming, censure. G.
5 MS. "carrieth." G.
6 Other editions "particular" : and so MS. G.
Davies, Sir John. The Complete Poems of Sir John Davies. Vol II.
Rev. Alexander B. Grosart, Ed.
London: Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1876. 7-8.
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